So instead of copying all my instagram photos onto here, I decided to just link my Instagram gallery. You don’t need an account to view my photos. I haven’t taken many shots recently but that will all change soon when I travel to Japan in 2 weeks. Stay tuned!
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Gamjatang or 감자탕 is a Korean Pork Bone Soup. Gamjatang originates from the Jeolla-Do area which is in the South West of Korea and has a history dating back 100s of years. It is made with the following base ingredients: pork bone (normally from the spine), vegetables, green onion, chilli peppers and sesame seeds. Also as the name suggests 감자 which in Korean means Potato is often included.
Here are a couple of pictures of Gamjatang or 감자탕 in all of its glory. This version only cost ₩6000 (less than $7):
This video will explain how to make your very own Gamjatang or 감자탕:
You can find Gamjatang or 감자탕 all over South Korea as well as in good Korean restaurants around the world.
If you have any questions please let us know.Jeonghye Fresh Korean Magazine
My first Christmas away from home. I decided to document the experience.
This is somewhat of a typical night out here in our neighborhood. We all went down to the local foreigner pub for some food and drinks and the owner really took care of us. It was really nice to have our own private party. The only thing out of the norm was we stayed in one spot, usually we like to bounce around but this place was just so much fun!
By the time it hit 12 midnight and was officially Christmas, it started to snow. It felt magical and we were all overwhelmingly happy as you can see.
Just thought I’d post a little video update on Christmas Eve. I will post more videos documenting my Korean Christmas experience in the next couple of days.
I love and miss you all~
안녕! Sorry for the lack of updates on here lately. I have no excuses. I will post updates on my happenings here very soon. For now, here’s a video which is considered the anthem of Itaewon, my favorite district in Seoul. Itaewon is home to many foreigners which explains the random black people in this video. There are people there from all over the world, its really refreshing to go there. You can find any kind of international food and all the western commodities and necessities you can imagine. It’s also known for its outstanding night life, hence “Itaewon Freedom”. Photos of Itaewon will be posted very soon. Stay tuned!
Sannakji or sannakji hoe is a variety of hoe, or raw dish, in Korean cuisine. It consists of live nakji (hangul: 낙지, a small octopus) that has been cut into small pieces and served immediately, usually lightly seasoned with sesame and sesame oil. The nakji pieces are usually still squirming on the plate. It can also be served whole. (Wikipedia)
There is a real danger when eating sannakji which is that if a part is swallowed it could become a choking hazard because the suctions can stick to your throat. It is said that some Korean people have died from being too drunk to chew properly and choking on a part. I felt the suctions sticking to the roof of my mouth and it was pretty strong.
Finally, my first vacation in Korea. 5 days off for Chuseok which is Korean thanksgiving. Myself and 2 of my friends/coworkers had what was originally supposed to be a 4 day bike trip around Korea. We had no plan up until the day we left. We just chose to take the subway as far south as it could go and travel from there. Our goal was simply to explore. We would explore 3 different suburbs and 2 cities including Suwon. By the 3rd day, we decided to head back home. We were exhausted and felt like we had seen enough. Also, we had nowhere else to go. We had to stay close to the subway line so we could return home. The trip was a success besides the fact that my iPhone was stolen after the first night. I had many more great photos on my iPhone but I didn’t get a chance to upload them all before it was stolen. So here are the ones I was able to recover. The photos after day 1 were all taken with my pocket camera.
Day 1: The adventure begins. We get off the subway in Cheonan and hit the pedals. Up until we got off the subway, we had no idea which direction to go. We decided to go west to Cheonan, explore around on the way there, then settle down and find a place to stay once we got into the center of town.
After the market closed, we explored around the downtown area searching for a bar. After what seemed like an hour of searching, we finally found a karaoke bar that was completely empty. We would wind down there and after a couple of drinks, head to the Jimjilbang which is a Korean bath house. They are everywhere and it only costs $8 to stay for 12 hours. There is a part downstairs where they have lockers and a change of clothes for you. You can shower, go in the hot tubs or sauna and cool off in a pool. Then there is a sleeping area upstairs. That’s what you see in this next photo.
Day 2: Despite the fact that I was robbed of my $700 iPhone 4s, I decided to continue on. This is the day of Chuseok (추석) which is the biggest holiday in Korea. It is their thanksgiving day. Its a bigger deal than Christmas. We woke up to a ghost town. It was so unbelievably quiet and empty. Everything was closed so we knew it would be a challenge to find food. All the roads were empty so we thought it would be a nice peaceful ride to Pyeongtaek. I had to break my “no biking on highways” rule because we couldn’t find a bike path to get to Pyeongtaek.
We made it to Pyeongtaek by about 1pm so we had all day to explore around the city and see what was there. There were many hills, but again it was a ghost town because it was Chuseok afternoon. The only people outside were families who were on a walk.
After the sun went down, we explored more around the downtown area of Pyeongtaek. It is a really nice city that seemed to be based on clothes shopping. There were many young people and everyone started coming out as family time was over. The bars and restaurants all opened up again and were back in business like any other night. It was very interesting to see the town go from dead silent to alive and bustling at night.
After dinner, we went out to a couple more self service bars then a karaoke bar where drunk ajoshis (older Korean men) were singing traditional Korean songs on stage. We tried requesting a few songs but the MC didn’t speak a lick of English and apparently couldn’t type in English either. Afterwards, we stayed again in another jimjilbang which wasn’t nearly as nice as the last one. Our plan was to head to the subway station down the road and catch a subway to Osan and bike back to Suwon from there.
Day 3: Time to go home. None of us were sore thanks to staying in a bathhouse both nights so we were ready to hit the road. We were not done exploring. We would arrive in Osan and bike another 16-18 miles back to Suwon in a pretty roundabout way.
The weather during this whole trip couldn’t have been better. It was also nice to get away from the smoggy air of Seoul and experience some fresh clean air further south. Having my iPhone stolen was terrible and I was really bummed about it, but I didn’t want to let it get the best of me and ruin my trip. I still had a great time and was glad I got to see and experience some of the Korean countryside outside of Seoul and Suwon.
This coke vending machine in Seoul gives away free cokes to anyone who can dance with it.